Spring off-campus MSU berry short course enrollment open

Berry Crop Production and Management (HRT 335), covers commercial production of blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, cranberries and some minor fruit.

People interested in berry production have the opportunity to take a course at two different locations in the state this spring. The course is part of the Michigan State University Institute of Agricultural Technology (MSUIAT) off-campus courses as part of the certificate program in Applied Plant Science at northwest and southwest Michigan community colleges.

MSU IAT has been conducting practical plant, animal and technology certificate courses on its East Lansing campus for more than 100 years. Commercial horticulture programs relating to fruit, vegetable, greenhouse production, and ornamentals are attracting students to Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor, and Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City. In addition to local access to MSU academic programs serving agriculture, the community college collaboration enables students to obtain an Associate’s Degree through supplemental coursework.

Berry Crop Production and Management (HRT 335), covers commercial production of blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, cranberries and some minor fruit. The physiology, growth, and development of these species, and how cultural practices can be used to optimize fruit yields and quality are covered in the five-week, evening class beginning March 26. A field trip is required.

All MSU IAT courses are taught by Michigan State University approved faculty and staff and credits earned are fully transferable to on-campus bachelor’s degree programs.

To obtain information about off-campus MSU IAT Applied Plant Science certificate programs and admission requirements, visit the MSU IAT website, or call 517-355-0190. Lake Michigan College-based coordinator, Stacey Rocklin, may be reached at 269-927-8100 xt. 5712 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), and Northern Michigan College-based coordinator, Andy Norman at 231-995-1719 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).